Greater say for Victorians: end of life care
While talking about death for many people can be very difficult and confronting, it’s an important discussion we all need to have.
We know now that more and more people these days want to be with their family and friends and have the best possible quality of life for as long as possible.
They want to have a choice about where they die, whether at home or in hospital. They want to be able to make informed choices about their end of life care, and to have their choices respected. Unfortunately though not everyone is getting what they hope for.
This is why the Victorian Government is undertaking a series consultations to develop a new statewide end of life care framework.
Please note that this is separate to the Parliamentary Inquiry for end of life care choices currently underway in Victoria, which is considering a broad range of issues including reviewing relevant legislation.
Discussion paper submissions
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services have written a discussion paper outlining an approach to building a new framework for end of life care in Victoria. They invite you to submit your ideas and thoughts.
For more information about the discussion paper including submission process, please click here.
Discussion paper submissions close 5:00pm Friday, 18 December 2015.
A series of facilitated public forums are being held across Victoria. You may participate in any of the forums simply by registering your interest.
Please note that registrations will close at least four days prior to each session or when allocated spaces have been filled.
Forums will be held at the following areas:
- Traralgon - Tuesday, 17 November 2015
- Horsham - Friday, 20 November 2015
- Melbourne - Monday, 23 November 2015
- Bendigo - Thursday, 26 November 2015
- Mildura - Friday, 27 November 2015
- Shepparton - Tuesday, 1 December 2015
- Warrnambool - Tuesday, 3 December 2015
- Geelong - Friday, 4 December 2015
- Nunawading - Tuesday, 8 December 2015
- Wangaratta - Wednesday, 9 December 2015
- Sandringham - Friday, 11 December 2015
To register for either of the forums, please visit www.betterendoflife.vic.gov.au/forums.
For more information
A new website has been developed to facilitate a community-wide discussion on end of life care.
There are a few other ways you can contribute your views including posting a 140 character idea or sending a written feedback via mail. Visit www.betterendoflife.vic.gov.au.
Victoria’s advance care planning policy
In March 2014, the Victorian Department of Health launched advance care planning: have the conversation - a strategy for Victorian health services 2014-2018.
Advance care planning Australia
Information on advance care planning for consumers, loved ones and health professionals.
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